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EK Eridani

EK Eridani Facts

  • EK Eridani is a rotating subgiant star that can be located in the constellation of Eridanus. The description is based on the spectral class.
  • EK Eridani is not part of the constellation outline but is within the borders of the constellation.
  • Based on the spectral type (G8IV:) of the star, the star's colour is yellow .
  • The star can be seen with the naked eye, that is, you don't need a telescope/binoculars to see it.
  • Using the most recent figures given by the 2007 Hipparcos data, the star is 199.85 light years away from us. Distance

EK Eridani's Alternative Names

HIP20263 is the reference name for the star in the Hipparcos Star Catalogue. The Id of the star in the Henry Draper catalogue is HD27536.

EK Eridani has alternative name(s) :- , EK Eri.

The Gould star designation is one that was designed by American astronomer, Benjamin Apthorp Gould. Gould stars are predominantly in the Southern and Equatorial constellations but do appear in northern constellations such as Bootes and Orion. The star has the designation 209 G. Eridani. There are no stars with a Gould designation in Ursa Major for example.

BD number is the number that the star was filed under in the Durchmusterung or Bonner Durchmusterung, a star catalogue that was put together by the Bonn Observatory between 1859 to 1903. The star's BD Number is BD-06 875.

More details on objects' alternative names can be found at Star Names .

Location of EK Eridani

The location of the subgiant star in the night sky is determined by the Right Ascension (R.A.) and Declination (Dec.), these are equivalent to the Longitude and Latitude on the Earth. The Right Ascension is how far expressed in time (hh:mm:ss) the star is along the celestial equator. If the R.A. is positive then its eastwards. The Declination is how far north or south the object is compared to the celestial equator and is expressed in degrees. For EK Eridani, the location is 04h 20m 38.59 and -06° 14` 45.1 .

Radial Velocity and Proper Motion of EK Eridani

Proper Motion

All stars like planets orbit round a central spot, in the case of planets, its the central star such as the Sun. In the case of a star, its the galactic centre. The constellations that we see today will be different than they were 50,000 years ago or 50,000 years from now. Proper Motion details the movements of these stars and are measured in milliarcseconds. The star is moving -55.82 ± 0.29 milliarcseconds/year towards the north and 92.30 ± 0.47 milliarcseconds/year east if we saw them in the horizon.

Radial Velocity

The Radial Velocity, that is the speed at which the star is moving away/towards the Sun is 7.00 km/s with an error of about 0.30 km/s . When the value is negative then the star and the Sun are getting closer to one another, likewise, a positive number means that two stars are moving away. Its nothing to fear as the stars are so far apart, they won't collide in our life-time, if ever.

Physical Properties of EK Eridani

EK Eridani Temperature and Colour

Based on the star's spectral type of G8IV: , EK Eridani's colour and type is yellow subgiant star. The star has a B-V Colour Index of 0.9 which means the star's temperature is about 5,052 Kelvin. The temperature was calculated using information from Morgans @ Uni.edu.

EK Eridani Luminosity

Luminosity is the amount of energy that a star pumps out and its relative to the amount that our star, the Sun gives out. The figure of 14.44 that I have given is based on the value in the Simbad Hipparcos Extended Catalogue at the University of Strasbourg from 2012.

EK Eridani Radius

EK Eridani estimated radius has been calculated as being 4.53 times bigger than the Sun. The Sun's radius is 695,800km, therefore the star's radius is an estimated 3,150,939.31.km. If you need the diameter of the star, you just need to multiple the radius by 2. However with the 2007 release of updated Hipparcos files, the radius is now calculated at being round 4.41. The figure is derived at by using the formula from SDSS rather than peer reviewed papers. It has been known to produce widely incorrect figures.

EK Eridani Apparent and Absolute Magnitudes

EK Eridani has an apparent magnitude of 6.15 which is how bright we see the star from Earth. Apparent Magnitude is also known as Visual Magnitude. If you used the 1997 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.15 If you used the 2007 Parallax value, you would get an absolute magnitude of 2.21. Magnitude, whether it be apparent/visual or absolute magnitude is measured by a number, the smaller the number, the brighter the Star is. Our own Sun is the brightest star and therefore has the lowest of all magnitudes, -26.74. A faint star will have a high number.

Distance to EK Eridani

Using the original Hipparcos data that was released in 1997, the parallax to the star was given as 15.83 which gave the calculated distance to EK Eridani as 206.04 light years away from Earth or 63.17 parsecs. If you want that in miles, it is about 1,211,231,971,890,751.00, based on 1 Ly = 5,878,625,373,183.61 miles.

In 2007, Hipparcos data was revised with a new parallax of 16.32 which put EK Eridani at a distance of 199.85 light years or 61.27 parsecs. It should not be taken as though the star is moving closer or further away from us. It is purely that the distance was recalculated.

Using the 2007 distance, the star is roughly 12,637,756.62 Astronomical Units from the Earth/Sun give or take a few. An Astronomical Unit is the distance between Earth and the Sun. The number of A.U. is the number of times that the star is from the Earth compared to the Sun. The star's Galacto-Centric Distance is 7,446.00 Parsecs or 24,286.12 Light Years. The Galacto-Centric Distance is the distance from the star to the Centre of the Galaxy which is Sagittarius A*.

Travel Time to EK Eridani

The time it will take to travel to this star is dependent on how fast you are going. U.G. has done some calculations as to how long it will take going at differing speeds. A note about the calculations, when I'm talking about years, I'm talking non-leap years only (365 days).

The New Horizons space probe is the fastest probe that we've sent into space at the time of writing. Its primary mission was to visit Pluto which at the time of launch (2006), Pluto was still a planet.

DescriptionSpeed (m.p.h.)Time (years)
Walking433,505,683,326.41
Car1201,116,856,110.88
Airbus A380736182,096,105.03
Speed of Sound (Mach 1)767.269174,675,027.02
Concorde (Mach 2)1,534.5487,337,399.68
New Horizons Probe33,0004,061,294.95
Speed of Light670,616,629.00199.85

Variable Type of EK Eridani

The star is a rotating BY Draconis variable type which means that its size changes over time. The Variable Type is usually named after the first star of that type to be spotted. EK Eridani brightness ranges from a magnitude of 6.344 to a magnitude of 6.261 over its variable period. The smaller the magnitude, the brighter the star. Its variable/pulsating period lasts for 0.1 days (variability).

Source of Information

The source of the information if it has a Hip I.D. is from Simbad, the Hipparcos data library based at the University at Strasbourg, France. Hipparcos was a E.S.A. satellite operation launched in 1989 for four years. The items in red are values that I've calculated so they could well be wrong. Information regarding Metallicity and/or Mass is from the E.U. Exoplanets. The information was obtained as of 12th Feb 2017.

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Additional EK Eridani Facts and Figures

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Primary / Proper / Traditional NameEK Eridani
Alternative NamesHD 27536, HIP 20263, 209 G. Eridani, BD-06 875, EK Eri
Spectral TypeG8IV:
Constellation's Main StarNo
Multiple Star SystemNo / Unknown
Star TypeSubgiant Star
ColourYellow
GalaxyMilky Way
ConstellationEridanus
Absolute Magnitude 2.15 / 2.21
Visual / Apparent Magnitude6.15
Naked Eye VisibleYes - Magnitudes
Right Ascension (R.A.)04h 20m 38.59
Declination (Dec.)-06° 14` 45.1
Galactic Latitude-36.20 degrees
Galactic Longitude200.02 degrees
1997 Distance from Earth15.83 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 206.04 Light Years
 63.17 Parsecs
2007 Distance from Earth16.32 Parallax (milliarcseconds)
 199.85 Light Years
 61.27 Parsecs
 12,637,756.62 Astronomical Units
Galacto-Centric Distance24,286.12 Light Years / 7,446.00 Parsecs
Proper Motion Dec.-55.82 ± 0.29 milliarcseconds/year
Proper Motion RA.92.30 ± 0.47 milliarcseconds/year
B-V Index0.90
Radial Velocity7.00 ± 0.30 km/s
Eccentricity0.14
Semi-Major Axis6502.00
Stellar Luminosity (Lsun)14.44

Companions (Multi-Star and Exoplanets) Facts


Exoplanet CountNone/Unaware

Variable Star Details


Variable Star ClassRotating
Variable Star TypeBY Draconis
Mean Variability Period in Days0.071
Variable Magnitude Range (Brighter - Dimmer)6.261 - 6.344

Estimated Calculated Facts


Radius (x the Sun)4.41
Effective Temperature5,052 Kelvin

Sources and Links


SIMBAD SourceLink

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